ANGELES CITY – Lolo Lito, or Lolo Pops to his avid customers for selling lollipop, polvoron, and pastillas around the city despite his age, has been away from his sick wife who was stranded in Balagtas, Bulacan due to the community quarantine.
All Lolo Lito wants is to be reunited with his family, and the city government – led by Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr., – made this happen.
“Sa abot po ng ating makakaya, ipaprayoridad natin ang kapakanan ng bawat pamilyang Angeleño. Ayaw po natin na may mga pamilyang nawawalay sa bawat isa lalo na ngayon na kinakaharap natin ang pandemyang COVID-19. Alam po natin na ang pamilya ang una nating pagkukunan ng lakas,” Mayor Lazatin said.
Lazatin sent Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel with personnel of the Angeles City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ACDRRMO) and Gender and Development (GAD) Officer Mina Cabiles and staff, to quickly accompany Lolo Lito, 71, and fetch his family from Bulacan.
“It was one of the greatest family reunions we have witnessed. A reunion sealed with hugs and kisses. You could see the genuine happiness in their eyes as they were finally wrapped in each other’s arms,” Manuel states.
Upon the arrival of Lolo Lito’s family in the city, the ACDRRMO personnel immediately took them to the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC) to undergo COVID-19 rapid-test, and they tested negative, Lazatin said.
Manuel also said they were given financial assistance to help their small business during this trying time.
Lazatin said the city government also ensured that Lolo Lito and his ill wife, Pacita Dela Cruz Gino-Gino, and other family members who just arrived in the city are all in good condition, health-wise.
The Facebook fan page of Lolo Lito expressed its gratitude to the city government for assisting his family.
Angeleños also sent their thank you messages to the city government, and personally raised funds to help Lolo Lito’s family amid the health crisis.
“Salamat po sa buhay ninyo na patuloy ang pagtulong kahit na mahirap ang sitwasyon ngayon. Pagpalain po kayo ng Diyos,” Fatima Quiambao Judalena wrote in the comment section of Lolo Lito’s Facebook fan page.
The admin of the Facebook fan page also wrote: “THANK YOU MAYOR AT SA LAHAT HO NG TUMULONG PARA MAGKASAMA HO SI NANAY PACITA AT LOLO LITO.”
“Family always comes first, and not even a pandemic could put a stop to that,” Lazatin stressed.